Rich families pay their way out of failing schools after pandemic learning loss

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When schools were shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic, many of those who could afford it hired private tutors for their children so they wouldn’t fall behind in their education. Now, as many of the pandemic-related restrictions have lifted, many of these upper-class families aren’t going back to traditional schooling.

A wealthy married couple, Jean-Francois and Genevieve Gagnon, told the Wall Street Journal that they watched their two teenagers struggle through six hours of remote learning every day, until they discovered a solution.

What were once inattentive and unengaged students suffering in inefficient online classes transformed back into kids who loved learning when their parents hired private tutors that cost roughly $15,000 a month for one-on-one sessions.

“We don’t hear them say they aren’t interested in learning anymore,” Mr. Gagnon said of his children, who are taught while the family travels back and forth between California and Europe for business.

During the height of the pandemic, more and more wealthy families hired personal tutors instead of keeping their children in remote learning, according to the Wall Street Journal. Now that schools have opened back up, many of these families aren’t sending their children back, opting instead to stick with personalized curriculums and private instruction.

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